Our Team

Dr. Stacey K. Raya, Founder of the Raya Clinic

Dr. Stacey Raya is the founder of the Raya Clinic located in Southington, CT, and has been in practice for 25 years. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Manalapan, NJ. She graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1990 from New York Chiropractic College.

While in practice, Dr. Raya has earned three Post-Doctorate degrees. She became a Diplomate in Pediatrics and Obstetrics in 1998 while concurrently passing the Board to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She is board eligible for her Diplomate in Acupuncture, and is certified as an Orthopedic Acupuncturist.  She also uses her certification in Cranial Sacral Therapy to complement her chiropractic and acupuncture balancing techniques.

Dr. Raya has an outstanding reputation in the holistic health care field. Her philosophy is based on the premise of the “Triad of Health” which is a combination of Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Nutrition. This is accomplished by balancing the energy in the body through acupuncture, helping the body heal itself by assessing and correcting nutritional needs, and by restoring optimal function by removing interference in the nervous system using chiropractic adjustments.By combining her years of experience in these three areas of expertise, she has helped to heal thousands of patients during her career.Dr. Raya continues to welcome and enjoys treating the most challenging cases involving pain, chronic illness, and emotional trauma.

When not practicing or attending postgraduate seminars, Dr. Raya spends all of her time with her husband, Vinny, three sons Joey, Anthony and Michael, her special dog, Gigi and their large extended family.

 

Education

Doctor of Chiropractic, New York Chiropractic College , 1990
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Rutgers University , 1987

 

Post-Doctoral Degrees

  • Diplomate, International Chiropractic Association Pediatrics and Obstetrics
  • Diplomate, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
  • Diplomate, Medical Acupuncture Orthopedics
  • Certified Cranial Sacral Therapist, Upledger Institute of Neurological Disease and Trauma
  • Certified Koren Specific Technique

Dr. Jeana Forant, Associate Doctor

Dr. Jeana Forant graduated from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. Prior to attending Chiropractic school she attained a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Albertus Magnus College. Her clinical training took place at the UB Health Science Center and Optimus Healthcare facilities. Dr. Jeana has a strong belief in the power of Chiropractic and the body’s natural ability to heal. She is extremely committed to changing the lives of her patients. Dr. Jeana has done extensive volunteer work in the cancer community and hopes to eventually use Chiropractic to help treat cancer patients. Additionally, Dr. Jeana is our spinemed coordinator with an extensive amount of experience in spinal decompression.  She also has a strong interest in nutrition and has studied the use of blood testing to diagnose and treat a large variety of health conditions using nutritional supplements.

 

Education

University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College, 2010
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree
Albertus Magnus College, 2006
Bachelor Degree in Biology, Minor Degree in Chemistry

Dr. Marcus Yancoskie, Associate Doctor

Dr. Marcus Yancoskie brings 18 years of Chiropractic experience as co-owner of Huntington Chiropractic in Shelton, CT. After a fire destroyed his practice location, his colleague, an attorney, put him in touch with Dr. Raya noting that both doctors had the same passion for best possible Chiropractic care and true compassion for each patient.

Upon meeting Dr. Raya and the warm, welcoming staff at the Raya Clinic, Dr. Marcus realized that the Raya Clinic offers the most advanced healing techniques in the holistic health care field.

Dr. Marcus is a firm believer that Chiropractic unlocks the body’s innate ability to heal itself. By joining the Raya Clinic team, he looks forward to delivering the highest quality of care to each individual and their family.  

Dr. Marcus specializes in improving athletic performance, managing sports-related injuries, and personal injuries.

Dr. Marcus is a certified Injury Prevention Specialist who educates patients about how to prevent and manage their injuries. He informs them that injuries may occur from any type of stress including repetitive, physical, emotional, and mental stress. He teaches them ways to avoid putting undue stress on their bodies both at work and at home. He has taught classes at Con Edison, IBM, Sikorsky Aircraft, and the US Postal Service.

An avid educator, Dr. Yancoskie has presented health lectures to students and faculty at the University of Bridgeport Naturopathic College. He has also lectured at churches, schools, day cares, libraries, community centers, and health fairs. Dr. Yancoskie has worked with the Oncology Nursing Society to organize a community outreach program for cancer patients, care givers, and cancer care staff. He has also worked closely with Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach & Parish Nursing programs to educate children and parents.

He was awarded a Heroic Service Award by the Connecticut & New York Chiropractic Councils for providing Chiropractic emergency care to the relief workers at ground zero after 9/11.

He is married to Theresa, his wife of 12 years & has 2 wonderful children, Marcus & Francesca.

 

Education

University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College, 1996
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree
Southern Connecticut State University, 1992
Bachelor Degree in Economics, Minor Degree in Nutrition

Dr. Jason Stryjewski, Associate Doctor

Dr. Jason Stryjewski graduated Cum Laude from the University Of Bridgeport College Of Chiropractic in 2012.  He brings experience utilizing soft tissue therapies and kinesiology taping to improve healing outcomes and expedite return to play.  Dr. Stryjewski loves to volunteer at sporting events providing care to athletes before and after to help improve performance and aid in recovery.

 

When not in the office, Dr. Stryjewski enjoys staying active in his spare time.  A firm advocate of regular exercise, Dr. Stryjewski enjoys CrossFit, hiking with his dog and snowboarding.

Dr. Hannah Martin, Associate Doctor

We are welcoming Dr. Martin as our newest addition to the Raya Clinic! She attended Loyola University Chicago where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology: Natural Science in 2012. She then attended National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL where she completed her Doctorate of Chiropractic medicine degree in 2016. While there she completed additional certifications in Applied Kinesiology and Acupuncture. Dr. Martin is extremely passionate about helping others heal naturally and increase function using both chiropractic and acupuncture methods.

 

Education

Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Sciences, 2016
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

Dawn, Insurance and Billing

Dawn has been a member of the Raya Clinic team since 1994. Her main responsibilities are Insurance Billing, Collections, and Insurance. She also works with Attorneys on Personal Injury Cases and Handles Work Comp cases. Dawn is an experienced chiropractic assistant with over 20 years of experience. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters and her husband.

Jessica, Front Desk

Jessica is a trained medical assistant and truly knows the meaning of compassion.  She has a passion for chiropractic and shares her passion with her whole family.  She’s here to answer all of your question and will always greet you with a smile.  In her free time Jess likes to spend time with her two children.

Kristina, Front Desk

Kristina is a trained Chiropractic Assistant from Hartford, who has a strong passion for chiropractic care in and outside of the office.  She was introduced to chiropractic care when she was just a young girl and has continued to fall in love with it more and more as she has grown.  She believes only in natural care and loves that chiropractic adjustments has helped her get off many different medications.  When she is not in the office, Kristina loves to do just about anything.  In her spare time, you can find her going on new and exciting adventures with her friends, cooking, going to baseball games, watching football, or spending quality time with her family.

Emily, Chiropractic Assistant

Emily has a strong interest in holistic health and wellness. Her interest increased while acting as a caregiver to her grandparents, integrating nutrition and exercise into their daily routines to improve their overall well-being and happiness. She plans to expand her knowledge and make healthcare her lifelong career. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading and spending time with her family and cat. Emily looks forward to participating in your wellness care at the Raya Clinic!

Emily

Samantha, Chiropractic Assistant

Samantha is a certified Medical Assistant having graduated from Branford Hall Career Institute. She also has an associates degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. Working in chiropractic has given her a new view on health and wellness and she looks forward to seeing each and every one of you. During her free time she enjoys long hikes with her dog or leisurely time reading.

Emily

Michelle, Chiropractic Assistant

Michelle was born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut.  She earned a degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Rehabilitation from Concordia University in Irvine, California.  She was a stellar athlete in high school and college receiving top honors such as the U.S. Marine Corps Most Distinguished Athlete Award and placing top ten in the nation respectively for her events. In her free time she likes to spend time with her daughter making wreaths and watching zombie movies.  She looks forward to using her knowledge in rehabilitation while caring for patients at the Raya Clinic where she is a Chiropractic Assistant.

Emily